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Linked with the webinars organised for the project teachers, this blog will display teachers thoughts, plans, ideas and experience with tablets in classroom. After each webinar, the teachers will write a reflective post on the given topic. Along the course of the project, this blog will provide an interesting insight into day to day teaching with tablets.  

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Gymnazium Hladnov a Jazyková škola, Ostrava, Czech Republic


Hello everybody,

my name is Iva Skybová and I teach math at Gymnazium Hladnov. I have been teaching here for 21 years and I really like new projects and challenges. Gymnazium Hladnov is based in Ostrava, Czech Republic. It is secondary grammar school and there are about 500 students. It is a state school and we are specialized in teaching languages. There are 3 main branches of studies. Extended English Language Learning and general studies. Both are four-year courses, students age is from 15 to 19,  Spanish – Czech Bilingual studies, six-year course, students age from 12 to 19.

I am attaching a short video about our school, it was created during our ITEC project in 2013.


Detailed info : Our school website


There are 4 computer labs in our school, we are using 100 students computers there. We usually use ITlabs to teach math, languages and science. We also have a set of 35 tablets used by teachers as classregisters and classbook. The school provides wi-fi connection and students are allowed to use their own device, e,g. mobile phones, smart phones, tablets or notebooks. We take part in diverse project such as eTwinning or Comenius where we use ICT very often and we encourage our students to work from home or via Moodle which is provided by school and all teachers and students have their our accounts.



We would like to prepare our students to be ready to use tablets in their everyday life and professional carrier because they will need it in their jobs and they should be ready to use it in an effective way. Students are able to use tablets since their early age and they spend free time playing games and watching videos but school should show them the way how to use these devices in an effective and useful way.


The biggest challenge for me is to change the teaching practices and stereotypes. I usually use 1:1 or 1:2 method using computers at school and it gives me the possibility to control my student´s work via Vision software but I cannot work with my students from home because their profiles are not personalized. I hope that tablets will offer us the possibility to store and share and develop our projects and activities and will make students more responsible and independent. And for me personally I would like to improve my English because being a math teacher does not give me many opportunities to speak or teach in English:)).



2 key questions at this stage :

1.       Is it better to use tablets or computers at school? What is more effective, faster and convenient?

2.       Is it possible to convince students and teachers to use tablets at school? Are they ready to accept this idea economically, mentally?


Secondary school of economics Maribor


My name is Maja Vičič Krabonja and I am working at the Secondary school of economics (Srednja ekonomska šola Maribor, Slovenia) for 20 years. I am a histroy teacher, but also an ICT coordinator, that means that I coordinate different activities involving (and promoting) ICT at our school. It is a secondary school, our students are form 15 to 19 years old. We have approximately 550 students in two programs: one aims to help students to prepare for further studies and the other prepares them to find a job or become an enterpreneur. Our school has an ICT implementation strategy where a wide and diverse application of ICT across the curriculum is envisaged. Technology has been integrated into most of the subjects for the last 10 years. We also invest a lot of time in the training of teachers. Our school is also a member of the e-school project in Slovenia.

We have 7 fully eqipped computer classrooms and about 80 lap tops, that we are lending to teachers and students. Four years ago we were the first school in Slovenia that integrated notebooks into one of our classes. Students in this class were then in first grade and now they have just finished the third grade.

In the CCL project, I will work with 17 (or 15) years old students of the 1st or 3rd grade - sorry but i still dont know which classes I am going to teach :-). We are planning to use different tablet devices brought by students themselves. (BYOD system).

Through using ICT in the progress of teaching and learning, I would like for my students to develop more some competences (including digital literacy, 21st century competences like collaboration, life-long learning, creativity and critical thinking). As for me, I would like to learn and explore some innovative approaches and strategies, methods of 1:1 pedagogy.

The biggest challenge, as I see it, will be the efficent and effective use of ICT (tablets and apps) that will serve our goals and will help students in their proces of learning. It should become a natural part of the learning process.

Key questions?

Can the use of tablets reach out to people, that are not so interested in school or in certain subject?

What are the real benefits in educational achievements by ICT learning?

ITIS E. Majorana, Brindisi, Italy / Rosa Palmizio
  • Introduce your school and your role 

My name is Rosa Palmizio. I am a Chemistry teacher and the coordinator of the Chemistry department at ITIS E. Majorana.

Our school is an upper secondary school known as ITIS E. MAJORANA (, iTunes U, ITIS E. Majorana, Majorana school). It is in Brindisi, Italy.  We are a school specialized in chemical and biotechnological fields. Last year we were selected by the Italian Ministry of Education as a school 2.0 thanks to innovative laboratories and our research in new methodology of teaching by using technological instruments.

Our school has 1300 pupils. Every classroom (50) has an interactive whiteboard or an interactive projector. First classrooms have also been equipped with apple TV. Our pupils study using “books in progress” ( There are some books written by teachers belonging to our school and to net in progress. We started to write these books 5 years ago.

The last year we wrote digital and interactive books through iBook author. Parents of 13-14 years old pupils (300 pupils) bought iPads and we worked with them.

Books in progress                            

The last year an innovative classroom was made. It was equipped with 17 iPads, 19 Macs, apple TV, an interactive projector, 4 touch TVs and an electronical microscope. This classroom is used for researching, implementing and developing innovative methodologies; it is used for the innovative use of ICT in school (iTunes U,  ITIS E. Majorana, Majorana Future Classroom, .


  •  I am/We are currently … 

  We currently have 12 twelve groups of pupils (300 pupils) using an iPad on a one to one scheme in the class and at home. All teachers are already equipped with   tablets of the same type. We use the iPads for making presentations, writing, studying on our books, researching on the web, communicating and sharing.


  •   What would you like to achieve from the CCL project?

   I would like to exchange data, information and good school practices with our partners. We would like to know new applications, simulations and other ways of using ICT in school and for home work for our students.

  •  What do you think will be your biggest challenge?

  I would really like to include all teachers of our school in using ICT for innovative methods. I would like to know more ICT use for my subjects and how to apply new methods in my classes. I would like to develop new methods of teaching in order to get pupils learning better.


  • Identify 2 key questions at this stage that you are asking in school about the use of tablets within 1:1 learning.

  How can the use of tablet improve learning?

  Is the use of tablet easy for teaching?


Lucernacollege Genk - Belgium (Motmans Kris)

Introduce your school and your role 

LCG is a small school. Our students are aged from 12 to 18 years. Since last year we had one class that worked with the iPad. Sixteen students and about 10 teachers made this project a succes. 
Next year a new group will start working with the iPad. The 'old' group will continue working with the iPad. So next year about 40 students will have their own iPad, 20 teachers will use the iPad and 10 classrooms will be provided with Apple TV and beamers or smartboards.
I teach geography and gymnastics. I use the iPad in both classes. The ebook I use is made by our teaching-team. 
I am/We are currently … (Describe the kit you are using and the age group of students and how many? etc.)
In my iPad class there are 16 pupils, aged 12-13 years. All my pupils own their iPad which was bought by their parents (hire is also possible). 
We use the iPads for
investigation (internet: Google, Wikipedia...)
communication (e-mail, smartschool)
sharing (dropbox, showbie)
presentation (mind maps, photos, videos)
cooperation (platforms)
art lessons (music, drawing)
text writing/exercise books (almost every class)
What would you like to achieve from the CCL project?
Inspiration (apps,..)
What do you think will be your biggest challenge?
Implementation in education 
Identify 2 key questions at this stage that you are asking in school about the use of tablets within 1:1 learning.
Create educational material
Convince co-teachers
IC Cadeo e Pontenure - Italy - Lower secondary - Daniela Porro

 Introduce your school and your role

My name is Daniela Porro, I teach Maths and Science and I have an experience of three years in a class 2.0 (2009-2012). Manuela Borsani is the English teacher. In my classroom, a group of teachers will work for the CCL project.

Our Institute includes preschools, primary school and lower secondary levels in two municipalities, Cadeo e Pontenure, placed on the axis of the Via Emilia, in the province of Piacenza (Italy). The school population is currently 1350 students, with a 23% of foreign pupils;  the socio-economic backgrounds of the students are heterogeneous.

The institute  has always had an important role in developing: active learning, technology, laboratory.

We believe that the school should be constantly evolving, always keeping pace with the times and adapt to the changing social reality.

Our school focuses on innovation: 

  • new technologies
  • renewed and resettled learning environments (with great attention to cooperative learning situations and to the enhancement of the students’ knowledge and direct experience)
  • changes in the "setting" in the classroom
  • innovative teaching practice, focused on the learner, as the real actor in the process of teaching / learning.

The technologies themselves would be useless if there were no teachers who are motivated, willing to get involved and to change their traditional view of being at school and doing their job, well disposed towards being constantly updated.

Our school has taken part in many European projects such as E-twinning and Living School Lab.

 We are / I am currently….

In September, all the first classes of our lower secondary school (a total of six) will be equipped with  iPad 1:1. Pupils will be able to use their own iPad in the classroom, at home, in informal learning environments and laboratories open classes.

We currently have two classes 2.0 (in primary school  tablets 1:4, while netbook 1:1 in secondary school). Another two classes of the secondary school are experimenting tablets 1:4.

Most of the classes are equipped with Interactive Whiteboards.

In the CCL project, I will work with 11-12 years students. There will be about 20 students in my classroom.

What would you like to achieve from the CCL project?

Our goal is to have an exchange with other leading schools sharing similar experiences to ours. We think it is very important to share ideas and good practises in order to grow through technological innovation. For the time being, there haven’t been any publications of data concerning experiments at lower secondary school level,with the 1:1 paradigm, using the same type of tablets within the class.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge?

I personally think the biggest challenge is a change of perspective, that is being able to develop a horizontal learning (peer-to-peer), finding/creating stimulating and challenging learning situations for the students and keeping their interest alive, or better, increasing their motivation, according to their ability. 

Identify two key questions, at this stage that you are asking in school about the use of tablets within 1:1 learning

  • Is technological innovation and  innovative teaching with tablets  really leading  to an improvement in learning, a change in learning or both of them?

  • Do we have appropriate and suitable tools to evaluate " the newness", the added value  coming from the use of innovative practises?
Ondřej Jeřábek, SPS OA Uherský Brod, Czech Republic

Hello Everybody,

My name is Ondrej Jerabek and I am a teacher at high school SPS OA in Uhersky Brod, Czech Republic. My school is focused on mechanical engineering, electronic engineering and economy. Our students are from 15 to 19. My subjects are Physics and IT. Unfortunately the Physics is not very popular with students but I hope that this project will change it ;-)

My school provides more than 30 tablets and more than 5 ICT classrooms for education. Many students also have their own mobile devices e.g. tablets, mobile phones etc. for them we have free wifi in whole school.

We would like to achieve:

Get more and new experience with tablets at school.

Motivate teachers to use tablets in education. 

Make education more interesting for teachers and students.

Compare the teaching with and without tablets.

My biggest challenge?

I think that it is international collaboration because there are many teachers from many countries in this project. Everybody has a different education system and different experiences. I am looking forward to share experiences with this project.

Identify 2 key questions at this stage that you are asking in school about the use of tablets within 1:1 learning.

How can it change the education?

Are there some special scenarios prepared?

All the best, Ondrej

Secondary School of Hotel Managment and Tourism Maribor



I am a math teacher at Secondary School for Hotel Managment and Tourism Maribor. The school is located in Maribor (Slovenia).

There are three educational programs in our school: gastronom hotelier (secondary vocational education), gastronomie and tourism (secondary professional education) and gastronomy (vocational technical education). We have cca. 700 pupils in 25 classes. The profession (gastronomy and tourism) has a big role in our school curriculum,  other subjects are to support that profession.

We are currently anticipating our first 1:1 experiment. In my i-class there are 20 pupils aged 17. Some of them have there own tablets, for others the school is going to buy Prestigio tablets. Until now we used diferent technology (computers, tablets, smartphones, graphic calculators, voting devices) in different phases of learning proces: motivation, verifying , investigating, evaluating,  presentations, communication etc.

We want to learn/experience a new culture of learning with technology in an effective way. We also want to increase the motivation of our pupils and exchange good school practise with other teachers. I hope that  learning process through personalisation and cooperation with technology will improve pupils learning results.

Our biggest challenges are going to be:

       - to convince pupils that technology and math together can be good support for their profession,

       -  to teach pupils how to learn themselves and how to use technology in an effective way,

         - to include many teachers in this project and convince them that new learning methods are worth trying out.

The two questions  that we are asking ourselves in our school about 1:1 learning are:

1.       1. What are the real benefits of using technology in class and out of them?

        2. Where or how to get resources to purchase tablets for every pupil?

Introducing Erhard Schwarzl from Jennersdorf/Austria

Hello, my name is Erhard Schwarzl based in Jennersdorf, Austria.
I am the class teacher of one of the first "iPad trial classes" in Austria.
In my class there are 21 pupils (aged 13/14) and each of them got an iPad by the "Federal Ministry for Education" in September 2011.
So we have already used iPads in several subjects for three years regularly.

In the first year the major aims were ..

  • to get acquainted with tablet computers
  • to find Apps that are useful in lessons
  • to use Apps in various sequences
    e.g. Music - Symphonie, Garageband ...
           English - Card2Brain, iTranslate, ...
           Geography - Maps, Google Earth, Papierflieger, Mindmeister, ..

In the second year we expanded the usage of Apps in all subjects. However, there was a special focus on Apps in Geography.
During the whole school year various Apps were used and evaluated. The result was a handout with useful and practicable Apps in Geography for all teachers in Austria.

In the third year there was a special focus on Music/Garageband.
We established an "iPad Orchestra" with about 12 pupils. It was amazing for the pupils to perform popular songs at various events.

What I'd like to achieve from the CCL-project
I'd like to find out how other schools in Europe use tablet computers in teaching and learning. What kind of methods are used to work with tablets.
It will be interesting to hear about the expierences made by others. 

Biggest challenge
How to get a reliable feedback of the benefits using tablets in school.

Are tablets appropriate devices to make learning and teaching more "lively"?
What are the benefits of using tablets in school exactly?

PTS Maasmechelen Belgium - Robert Conings


Robert Conings?

I am working in a technical & vocational school for almost 30 years now and I was always fascinated by computers. I have begun to learn programming basic on Commodore64 and now I have a lot of experience in using Web2.0-tools and using Learning Content Management Platforms.

I teach computerscience and I'm also system-administrator for our 18 computer-classrooms.

In an international aspect, I'm coordinating and participating in Comenius-projects and I'm also an eTwinning-ambassador.

PTS Maasmechelen?

Our school is a small school (about 420 students) with a variety of departments (welding, building-construction, cooking, woodwork, car-maintenance and many more....). As our school is situated near the former coalmines, we have a lot of immigrants. Due to the closing of these coalmines, we have to deal with unemployment.


We have a lot of computers in our school (about 500) but the pc's are also used for adult education. In the past we were afraid of the security-issue with wireless pc's. Therefore most of our pc's are connected by cable. Now that tablets are knocking on our school's door, we have invested in a secure wireless solution before introducing the tablets.

After some tests with iPad's we will have Microsoft's Surface tablets (Win8) in our school starting september 2013).


With this project I hope to share and to contribute to new ideas or to have good practical examples of using tablets in the classroom.


As our students are from low social classes, they can not buy their own tablets, so managing a system to loan and maintain the tablets in good shape will be a challenge.

Future expectations?

If our teachers can have the right applications (preferable in our own language) and we don't need expensive books or calculators, we can work with tablets in a professional way.

Srednja vzgojiteljska šola in gimnazija Ljubljana

I am…

…an English teacher at Srednja vzgojiteljska šola in gimnazija Ljubljana, and a member of The National Education Institute e-English development group. The school is located in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia.

There are three educational programmes at our school. In adddition to the preschool education programme, there is also the grammar school programme, which includes general grammar school,  contemporary dance department and drama department. Currently there are 795 pupils in 29 classes.

Although the school regularly achieves high performance at external examinations (vocational matura and general matura), this is not the only reason why so many primary school pupils want to enrol. According to its motto, The Power of Style, the school is a fun, pupil-friendly, creative environment. Pupils participate in organizing school assemblies and productions that are held on the school premises or at other venues. Annual art productions we are focused on range from puppet shows to modern dance and drama performances.

We are currently…

…anticipating our first 1:1 experiment. The school is being provided with 29 Acer Iconia tablets that will be used by our 1st year grammar school drama department pupils, aged 15-16. All teachers are already equipped with tablets of the same type. Our goal is to include all teachers of the class into the CCL design making activities. We have already created a brief of our pedagogical scenario and a blog for collaboration. We have full support from our headteacher, who is also a member of our team.

What we would like to achieve from the CCL project is…

…allow pupils to experience an engaged learning process that will hopefully result in an in-depth understanding of the topic.

Our biggest challenges will…

…be to convince pupils that learning can be a bit fun as well.

…be to convince other teachers that new teaching methods are worth trying out.

…probably come after having dealt with minor ones.

The two questions I am asking myself at this point are…

…will our pupils act responsibly towards using their tablets at school and at home?

…will our created learning story lead to a satisfactory result?


IHS/NMS Jennersdorf (Austria): Sigrid Müller


Informatikhauptschule/Neue Mittelschule Jennersdorf 


  • Introduce your school and your role
    • Our school is a secondary school (children aged from 10 - 14 years) also known as Informatikhauptschule/Neue Mittelschule (

      From the next school year on we will have six iPad classes... more than 100 pupils and about 25 teachers working with iPads (infrastructure - internet, WLAN - is ok). One class is in the eighth school year, three classes are in sixth school year and two classes are starting fifth school year. 

      I‘m form teacher in an iPad class (sixth school year) and teacher for (mentally) handicapped pupils (integrated in different classes). 

  • I am/We are currently … (Describe the kit you are using and the age group of students and how many? etc.)
    • In my iPad class there are 21 pupils, aged 11 years. All my pupils own their iPad which was bought by their parents (a voluntary decision of the parents, no obligation!). We use the iPads for

      • investigation (internet: Google, Wikipedia...)
      • communication (e-mail)
      • sharing (dropbox, platforms)
      • presentation (mind maps, photos, videos)
      • cooperation (platforms)
      • art lessons (music, drawing)
      • text writing/exercise books (in some subjects)


  • What would you like to achieve from the CCL project?
    • Communication - exchange of experiences 
    • Inspiration - for (more) possibilities with mobile devices
    • Cooperation - across the borders
  • What do you think will be your biggest challenge?
    • To teach my pupils essential basic skills for 21st century learning:

      • intrinsic motivation
      • self-employment 
      • team spirit
      • communication and cooperation 
  • Identify 2 key questions at this stage that you are asking in school about the use of tablets within 1:1 learning.
    • Is BOYD (Bring Your Own Device) really practicable in primary/secondary school? 
    • What are the real benefits in educational achievements by ICT learning?
Introducing Lisa Cowell from the UK

Hi, my name is Lisa Cowell based in Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom. I am the Director of Learning and Teaching at a medium-sized high school catering for pupils aged 11 to 16.

We currently have three year groups of pupils using an iPad on a one to one scheme. When the new year seven pupils join us in September, they will have the opportunity to opt into the scheme and then there will be approximately 550 children in school using iPads.

 We started this scheme with a trial class in May 2012. Following this successful trial, we provided iPads to all staff in June and July 2012 and went on to issue iPads to pupils in September and October 2012. The scheme is funded through the e-learning foundation with parents making a charitable donation on a monthly basis so that the iPads can be used in school and at home. We are currently going through a program of equipping many of the classrooms with Apple TV and will gradually phase out PCs and interactive whiteboards.

 Our involvement in this CCL project is exciting. We have had the opportunity to share a lot of the lessons of our journey so far with a great many outside agencies and now want to engage with a wider academic community regarding the pedagogy behind tablet computing and its impact on education. The United Kingdom focus is on personalisation and narrowing gaps for pupils. Personally, I am very interested in the concept of the flipped classroom and will be very interested to read the research of Italy and Portugal who are looking specifically at that aspect.

I feel that our biggest challenge may be changing the practises of teaching staff. They have been used to having control of technology and the use of this type of technology is meaning that pupils have power to learn more independently and I think that's great! Staff need to learn to step back and become facilitators and posers of interesting and challenging questions rather than content deliverers.

 The 2 key questions at this stage that we are asking in school about the use of tablets within 1:1 learning are:

Can pupils make more and faster progress than they are currently through greater personalisation of the content of the curriuclum?

How can we use this technology to speed up the progress of all pupils but particularly lower ability and able, gifted and talented pupils.

Please follow the link to a video in DropBox that I made in February about our progress in using iPads.

1:1 on Catholic secondary school Anton Martin Slomsek Maribor (Slovenia)


  • Introduce your school and your role

We are a Catholic secondary school named after Anton Martin Slomsek from Maribor (Slovenia) and we are part of a bigger Slomskova Institution which includes a kindergarten, a music school and a student’s residence. In our school there are 440 students (aged from 14 to 18) - both boys and girls, and 40teachers. Our students learn different foreign languages: English, Spanish, German and French. We also have a European and innovative class with table computers. Students attend some special lessons and have more contact with foreign countries (they have international exchanges with Polish, Austrian, Slovak, Bulgarian and Croatian schools. We also have a lot of project work for our students (for example a project week called "Science" week, on 22nd April every year we have Earth Day, on 10th of December we are Human rights day etc.). In our school we have a lot (approximately half) of students who come from socially deprived families (with many children and one or no employed parent). Also we have some disabled students who, in spite of their disability, take an active role in all of our projects. With these particular projects and partnerships with other European Schools we want to encourage young people to take an active part in forming the European social, educational and cultural values of the future. We can realize these aims through debate, visits and by respecting everyone's specific national and cultural specialties in the name of European intercultural dialogue. We want to take part in different workshops, internet debates and video conferences where students can learn about the differences between opinions and learn how to improve their knowledge about active citizenship in a practical manner. We are also very interested in exchanging good school practices relating to this theme which we can hopefully include in our curriculum. In our work we start to imply ICT and we want to improve some knowledge of 1:1 pedagogic methods. We want to show our students and other teachers how very important are critical thinking, cooperative learning and digital competences. My name is Bernardka Radej and I’m a class teacher of our first innovative class 1.D. I’m teaching geography and sociology and I’m also in project’s leader in our school.

  • I am/We are currently … (Describe the kit you are using and the age group of students and how many? etc.)

In school year 2012/13 we started with so called innovative class – 1 student: 1 tablet. Use of ICT methods is just one side of our new school story; we also use all other active methods (critical thinking, research activity, collaboration work, creativeness, etc.) In my class is 33 students age 16 (11 boys and 22 girls).

Our institution makes a short video about our class and our work -

During school year we realized one week filed work and international exchange in Austria and in Poland. Every student prepare one part of the trip (guiding experience), we use ICT all the way and also for the first time in our school history we open class Facebook page to post some of our experience. We have been very successful and we included also parents and students from other classes.

Picture: We got the tablets Acer Iconia – 23th of October 2012 – class 1.D (33 students).

Authentic field work Natural History Museum – Ema and Mihaela are just starting their own presentation - Vienna Austria, 17th of April 2013